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Three people have been arrested following an alleged crime spree which started in Calgary and ended in Hope this past weekend.
The BC RCMP said that just before 5 pm on Sunday, officers from the Calgary Police Service were called to investigate a car-jacking and robbery, where a man and woman allegedly assaulted the driver, forced him from his vehicle and fled.
Then, on Monday the Kamloops RCMP received a shoplifting complaint at a local gas station.
The suspects, two men and a woman, were associated with a vehicle matching the description and bearing the same Alberta licence plates as the one stolen the night before in Calgary.
Kamloops RCMP frontline officers flooded the area and located the vehicle, however, the driver failed to stop and fled toward Merritt.
Merritt RCMP officers were unsuccessful in attempts to stop the vehicle, which they said was travelling at a high rate of speed toward Hope.
Merritt officers immediately requested assistance from Hope RCMP, who successfully deployed a spike belt, deflating two tires, yet the vehicle continued onto Highway 1.
The female passenger jumped out of the vehicle as it slowed down to make a u-turn and she was arrested. The two men were arrested after running over another spike belt and driving into Hunter Creek at Hunter Creek Bridge.
Jose Alejandro Sandoval-Barillas, age 29, of Calgary has been charged with one count each of robbery and flight from police, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, possession of stolen property and possession of identity documents.
Kisha Rose Ann Chickness, age 23, also of Calgary has been charged with one count each of robbery and possession of stolen property and four counts of failing to comply with a release order.
A 29-year-old man has been released from custody without charge.
“We are working closely with the Calgary Police Service to help advance the robbery investigation in Alberta along with the flight from police, shoplifting and possession of stolen goods investigations here in British Columbia,” says Sgt. Janelle Shoihet.
“This type of file really demonstrates that crime has no borders but with the interoperability of police agencies, even across provinces, neither do police.”